Fred J. Turner, 81, a resident of the Brandonwood Retirement Center, Morton, passed away at his residence on Monday, December 4, 2006 at 1:10 pm. He was born in Iola, Kansas on March 29, 1925 to Fred B. and Rosie Celia (Fibige) Turner. He married Carol Keehn on Oct. 29, 1966. Surviving are his wife of Peoria; four children, Gail (John) Hicks of Columbia, MO, Teresa (Gerald) Vanderfin of Colorado Springs, CO, John (Corinthia) Turner of Longmont, CO and Virginia (Frank) McIntyre of Peoria; one step-son, Maurice Super; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and one sister, Diana Daniels of LaHarpe, Kansas. Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Arthur Turner and Floyd Turner and one sister, Frances Prock. He retired from Caterpillar. He is a US Navy WWII veteran and was awarded many medals. He was a member of the Chillicothe American Legion and the Pierce Community Center in Chillicothe. Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial Service will be Monday, Dec. 11th at 5:00 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with Joe Garnett officiating. Visitation will follow until 7:00 pm. Memorials may be made to the Pierce Community Center.
Kenneth L. Smizer, 82, of 35438 N. Newcomb, Farmington, IL. Passed away Dec. 1, 2006 at 9:41 am at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born November 7, 1924 in Peoria to Henry P. and Esther Losh Smizer. He first married Irene Ransom in August of 1944 in England and she died 2005. He married Lois M. Ford on December 23, 1969 in Washburn, IL. and she died April 3, 2005. Surviving is two sons Parker (Rita) Smizer and Lee Raymond Smizer both of Middlegrove, IL. Step daughter Anna Marie Kling of Lynn Center, IL. 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. One sister Pauline Hillam of South Carolina. He worked at Caterpillar on the jobbin floor in maintenance retiring in 1981. He was a WW2 Army veteran serving in England. Kenneth was of the Methodist faith. Services will be 11:00 am Tuesday December 5 at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton where visitation will be 1 hour prior to services. The Rev. Kevin Van Tine will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Fairview, IL. Memorials may be to Farmington Rescue Squad.
Betty Jean Starasta, 74, of 469 Idlewhile Dr Farmington, IL passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 10:46 am at Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton. Born, Oct. 27, 1932 in Farmington, to Clyde and Iva (Taylor) Hedden, she married George Starasta on Dec. 16, 1966 in Farmington. He survives along with one son, Michael (Leslie) Starasta of Lincoln; two grandchildren, Sarah and Stephen Starasta; one sister, Zelda (Wayne) Sellman of Athens; five nephews, Dr. James Sellman of Boston, MA, David Sellman of Athens, Daniel Sellman of Baltimore, MD, Dr. Jon Sellman of Minneapolis, MN and Michael Rebeschini of Hanover Park and four nieces, Judy Carter and Leah (David) Stallman both of Christopher, Valerie (Steve) Harker of Munster, IN and Patricia (Thomas) Harlam of St. Cloud, FL. She was an instructor in the Art Department at Spoon River College. She also taught at Bradley University in Peoria for the Institute for Learning in Retirement for many years. She was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church, the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority and the PEO. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 1:00 pm at the Farmington United Methodist Church with visitation from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. Rev. Joe Richard will officiate. Burial of ashes will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad or the Farmington Public Library.
Jessica LeeAnn Adams, 17, of 552 E. Locust St. Canton, IL passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2006, at 4:55 am at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. She was born on March 19, 1989 in Canton to Donnie Deal and Kimberley K. Adams. Surviving are her father, Donnie Deal of Kingston Mines; her mother and step-father, Kimberley K. and Stan Markland of Canton; maternal grandparents, Eugene and Georgianna Welker of Canton and Darrell Adams of Limestone, TN; maternal great-grandmother, Flora Cowell of Mountain View, AK; paternal grandfather, Delbert Deal of Kingston Mines; two brothers, Brandon Adams and Austin Markland both of Canton, one sister, Abbey (Mike) Marinich of Canton and one nephew, Max Marinich of Canton. She was a senior at Canton High School and worked at Hy-Vee Food Store in Canton. She was a member of the Kingston Mines United Methodist Church and participated in the Best Buddies program at Canton High School. Services will be Saturday, December 2nd at 10:00 am at Kingston Mines United Methodist Church, Kingston Mines. Rev. James Reed will officiate. Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 1st from 4 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton and also one half hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Kingston Mines Cemetery, Kingston Mines. Memorials may be made to the Fulton/Mason Counties Crisis Center or St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Midwest Affiliate
Victor M. Beasley, 58, of Huntington Beach, CA. formerly of Canton passed away Sunday November 26, 2006 at 3:00 am at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA. He was born February 1, 1948 in Canton to Richard (Morry) and Betty (Ackerman) Beasley. He married Karen Goniea on January 23, 1970. He later married Donna Raber on July 20, 1985. He is survived by his wife, Donna; one son, Ryan (Katie) Beasley of Rome, Italy; one grandson, Reed Beasley; his mother, Betty Ackerman-Sims of Canton; one half-brother, Dan Ellis and two half-sisters, Shirley Colvin of Canton and Laura Beasley of Quincy. He was preceded in death by his father. Vic worked at International Harvester in Canton. He moved to Tempe, AZ and later to Huntington Beach, CA holding teaching and management positions. He was a U.S. Naval veteran, serving three tours of duty during the Vietnam War. Vic’s wit and humor will be missed by all who knew him. In keeping with his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. A private family service will be held in Tempe, AZ.
Grant “Sonny” Bohanan, 85, of 8101 S. Trivoli Road, Glasford passed away Sunday, November 26, 2006 at 1:40 pm at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Born, March 22, 1921 in Chicago to Ulysses Grant and Mayme (Skola) Bohanan, he first married Betty Martin. He then married Evelyn Diveley on Nov. 1, 1971 in Peoria. She died on Sept. 27, 2003. Surviving are four sons, Grant Bohanan of Elgin, Marc Bohanan of Glasford, Earl (Roberta) Diveley of Lacon and Robert (Elsie) Diveley of Chunky, MS; four daughters, Billie (Dick) White of Havana, Merriann (Red) Lane of Mapleton, Carol (Jim) Cooper of East Peoria and Sandi (Dave) Wiesehan of Chillicothe; twenty grandchildren; forty seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was also preceded in death by his parents and two daughters, Paula Jo Bohanan and Eleanor Bright. He was a millwright for Pabst Brewery in Peoria for 50 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Bartonville VFW. He was a US Army veteran serving in WWII. Services will be Thursday, Nov. 30th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington, with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Walter Wilkins will officiate. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery, Glasford, with military rites. Memorials may be made to the Timber-Hollis Fire Department or Glasford United Methodist Church.
Donald E. Campbell, 67 of 348 E. Court St. Farmington, IL. passed away Friday November 24, 2006 at 10:10pm at his residence. He was born February 27, 1939 in Farmington to Arthur J. and Arneita (Filker) Campbell. He married Eleanor Oldfield on December 29, 1957 in Farmington. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, one son, Robert (Kathy) Campbell and one daughter, Donna (Randal) Eddy, both of Farmington, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Ray Campbell and two sisters, Leona Brashear and Carol Colwell. He worked at Caterpillar, retiring in 1990. He was a U. S. Army veteran. Visitation will be Tuesday November 28 from 6-8:00pm at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Graveside service will be Wednesday November 29 at 11:00am at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Pastor Tony Severine will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad or Cancer Research.
Kathryn Schieferdecker, 90 of Avon, IL., formerly of Farmington, passed away Thursday November 23, 2006 at 9:05am at the Avon Nursing Home. She was born January 22, 1916 in Christopher, IL. to John and Margarita (Serra) Baudino. She married Nardo Scapecchi. She later married Roger Schieferdecker. They both preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, Marcia Bird of Denver, CO and Paula (Brian) Hoffmann of Avon, one sister, Dominica Ventura of Minneapolis, MN, six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, retired Lt. Col. Anne B. Cost. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Farmington. She was a member of the PEO in Farmington. Funeral service will be Tuesday November 28 at 10:00am at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6-8pm. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Relay for Life American Cancer Society Angels in Action or to the Avon Nursing Home.
Leonard “Wayne” Wells, 58, of 105 Central Ave. St. David, IL passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006 at 8:04 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Born in Canton, IL on August 8, 1948 to Leonard M. Wells and Audrey McCleary Wells Eberle, he married Rosella M. Miller on Dec. 26, 1969. She survives along with one son, Leonard W. (Kimberly) Wells of Topeka, IL.; two grandchildren, Tiffany Renea and Justin Michael Wells, two brothers, Robert E. (Sherry) Wells and Lan (Jodi) Eberle both of Canton and two sisters, Connie Wake of Houston, MO and Judy (Rick) Nolan of Marietta. He worked at Caterpillar where he retired. He loved woodworking and antique cars. He loved to joke and had a good sense of humor. He was a member of the St. David Optimist, UAW Local 974 of Peoria, the Fairview American Legion Post #644, the Heart of Illinois GTO Club, the Coachman Motor Club in Lewistown and the Canton Camera Club. He was a volunteer fireman for Buckheart Fire and Rescue. Cremation rites have been accorded. A visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 22nd from 4 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Private Graveside Services will be at a later date at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton with Father Phil Lewis officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Marvin Russell DeLong, 72 of 513 Fort St., St. David, IL passed away Saturday November 18, 2006 at 10:00am at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. He was born August 12, 1934 in Indiana to Russell and Rocina Frances (Howder) DeLong. He is survived by three sons, Thomas (Theresa) DeLong of Canton, Michael (Tina) DeLong of Marquette Heights and Russell DeLong of Green Valley, one daughter, Kimberly (Bill) Myers of Norwood, one brother, George “Robbie” DeLong of London Mills, one sister, Karen (Bob) Fleming of Sacremento, CA, 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. He worked as a cement mason. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion. He served in the U. S. Navy. Visitation will be Tuesday November 21 from 5-7:00pm at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Cremation rites will be accorded at a later date.